SPOKANE, Wash. – After months of construction, the ice ribbon in downtown Spokane will open to the public on Friday night!

The City of Spokane will host a grand opening event, which starts at 5 p.m. on Friday. KREM will be there, with Tom Sherry, live for the ceremony on TV and online and as they cut the ribbon on the much-anticipated project.

Here are some fun facts about the new destination:

1) The ice ribbon is 16 feet wide and 650 feet long
2) There is also a 3,500 square foot attached “pond” that feels a little bit more like a traditional ice rink
3) The ribbon features slight inclines and declines as well as fire pits at which you can warm yourself up
4) The ticketing facility will also have a full restaurant serving up concessions
5) Admission to the ice ribbon will be hourly. Adults will pay $6.50 to get in while children are $4.50 per hour. Skate rentals will be $4.50 but you can bring your own.

Riverfront Park Director, Jon Moog, said previously the ice ribbon will be the first of its kind on the West Coast.

“In the summer, you’ll see roller blading, art walks and other programed activities,” Moog said previously. “[In the winter] Nearly every day, the ice will be programed with free ice skating lessons, cheap skate nights, live music, themed dress-up days – even for dogs, yoga on ice and happy hours.”

The ice ribbon project, Moog said, cost about $10 million.
Officials said the ice ribbon is the first of five major projects within Riverfront Park. Looff Carrousel, Howard Street Bridge South, the North Bank Playground and Rotary Fountain are all on the docket, plus the big-ticket item of the redone U.S. Pavilion.